Well this week was all about "glamping" and it looked like a blast! I was so bummed I didn't get to go on this trip because, believe it or not, I grew up camping! I went to the desert and rode dirt bikes every single weekend and camped in a motor-home or a tent! So this would have been right up my alley!
I also really wanted to go to support Alexis and the trip she had planned but it was three days prior to my performance and I knew I would just be talking the whole time (which is exactly what the doctor ordered me not to do). I could feel tension between Alexis and I brewing ever since I decided to make amends with Tamra and I really wanted an opportunity to talk with her and try and figure out why. I'm sad we never got that chance.
I was disappointed to hear Vicki blame her ill feelings towards Alexis on Tamra. Vicki knows full well she has never been a fan of Alexis and had talked plenty of crap on her. Actually if you remember Tamra and Alexis were friends when they first meet, but Vicki had nothing but mean and judgmental things to say about her (and Jim) and was always in Tamra's ear. Maybe it was the other way around and Vicki rubbed off on Tamra. I didn't exactly hear Vicki defending her new friend Alexis when Tamra referenced her as dumb in the kitchen. Either way if Alexis and Vicki want to make amends I think that is great, I just hope it is for the right reasons.
It's hard to see Heather and Alexis still butting heads. I was hoping this trip might help a little with the tension, but I guess I am not surprised. Heather is just a matter of fact girl and calls it like she sees it. She doesn't really allow you to get away with anything on her watch! But I actually like it when she does it to me, because I like people that just give it to me straight -- even if I don't like what they are saying sometimes. I know she means well, but I can see how the delivery seems strong if you don't know her that well.
Gretchen why are you the only normal one on this show!? There is a reason why you always win the polls on WWHL. Your one of the few ppl on the Bravo network that people see as a real person. A lot of the women on the show as they might not like it can take a few notes on how to be an overall good person.
I soooooo .... what the out fit that Grethcen wore on the show tonite, the cream color hat, black shorts and vest and brown shows that matched her hand bag. have u ever decided to ever give some of your fans a outfit. YOu are the only one that dresses, nice and not sluty. I soooo love you. Where could i find a outfit like that, maybe on your website.
I hope the producers gave you a very nice increase in your contract to go with a story line of becoming friends with Tamara. I remember all the horrible stuff she said at the reunion and it caught you off guard. She was truly evil at that point and every since then she went out of her way to make you miserable. Try your best to get along but a snake like her will shed this fake skin and grow a new one and who knows what that will look like. She will stay nice for awhile but if her life would fall apart again like the last time she will lash out at anyone who is happy. You see Tamara and Vicki are alike self centered people who if they are unhappy they going to make sure no one else is happy. Good Luck.
Boy, your blog clearly shows that you have jumped ship and gone to the mean girl side. Not that you were mean about anyone in it. but the way you make it okay for others to be mean...i.e. Heather....oh I love her tell it like it is attitude. Do you remember how it felt in the past when both Vick and your bff Tamra called you dumb and stupid every chance they had? Your x bff Lex is now going through that with the group, excluding Vicki, and with no support from you.
I have never commented before, but just have to say Gretchen you are beautiful, educated, and classy. Don't let yourself get swept up in everyone else's crazy drama....I swear, some of the things people get upset about/hold grudges for are absolutely nuts! If these other ladies would refocus their priorities on their family and setting good examples there would be much less drama! And that is something you are good at :-)
It would have been nice if you have offered VIcki an apology in return. I think it is funny that you assert that your nose is clean and you are brimming with integrity after the shadiness that accompanied you the first season. You have harped on Vicki in your blogs and Slade has been a complete ass to her for many seasons -- but you can never seem to admit you've done anything wrong.
Gretchen- You are adorable and so down to earth. I have to admit, last season I was not a big fan of Slade's but I think he was unfairly judged. Plus, he is looking pretty HOT this season!!!!
Gretchen- I have to admit last season I was not a big fan of Slade's at all!! I think he was just unfairly judged, he really does seem like a good guy. Plus, he is looking HOT this season!!!
Gretchen I love you!! I do have a question. On the episode where Slade is telling you about The PussyCat Dolls event in your bedroom, I fell in love with your decor!! Love the black & white & bright splash of color. Was that red, hot pink or fuschia? I want to replicate the look! I too love your style. Except for the outfit you wore to walk the dogs with Slade!!
Gretchen, your makeup and hair always looks beautiful. You should post how to tutorials on Youtube.com and promote your products. It would open you up to a part of the market that doesn't watch your show.
Gretchen I like you, But it was not the fight that made your voice sound the way it did.. You, Can Not sing.. Period.. Stick to other things, you were not meant to be a PussyCat... And tell Slade, to make his own money... Be you, that is the person we all feel in love with... Just like Lex does not belong on Fox.. You both can do so much more.. You're young beautiful women.. Shannon
Gretchen why do you have to speak with Alexis to understand where the tension is coming from. Its obvious that she is upset that you are now friends with Tamara, someone that insults her and makes fun of her. How would you feel? Its only natural that someone would feel hurt, betrayed or upset that their friend is now friends with an enemy. Dont pretend that you cant understand that simple fact.
I think it's pretty crappy of you to just go and leave Alexis out of the loop just because you are friends with Tamra. You visited Tamra as her hospital bed was rolling into the room after her surgery, but you waited what like a week to go see Alexis. You are starting to look like a bad friend even if you are one of my favs, check yourself and realize she has been there for you this whole time, not Tamra.
Can I just say that I love watching you and Slade...as a OG RWOOC from the beginning...Slade has always been longing for that true love that real love. When I Slade look into your eyes It makes me so happy for the both of you!!
I love the way you stood up for your man!! You and Slade have a serious bond (United Front)... I wish I could find a partner so in my corner as Slade!!
Can't wait to here about the wedding???
PS. Fluent Japanese Slade...Time to go international or something!!
Love you Guys!
you are so different this season.drama drama.you try and blame your voice on vicki.you have no right to talk about lexie.the choses you are making there will know be more - in your life than + so you should of rethought before hanging out with the wrong set of women.vicki has chosen the + way.brooks seems real nice so stay out of that in the future.you were never my fav.but this season you were sopose to be reborn in the lord.you and tamra seems even worst than before.you 2 deserve each other. when it all comes crashing down do not use alexis for your gain.bravo print for gretchen please.
Okay now you're backtracking and saying you don't want to be Christina Aguilara? When you first talked about doing the show you said you could be the next Christina Aguilara of PINK - so far fetched that one is!! If Robin let Kim Kardashian do this, we KNOW you don't have to be able to sing!! You're making too much out of this Pussycat Doll thing, you don't have the voice!! Excuse me but even Alexis said now that Vicki doesn't have Tamra in her ear talking crap about her things are better!! TAMRA is the one filled with hate for Alexis and there is no reason for it!!
Gretchen...you DO seem to be the most 'normal' on this show, but kinda weak when it comes to the JHS thing of 'taking sides'. Big PIA or not, Vikki HAS been through a huge, life altering scare and appears to have been enlightened by it. Give her a chance to apologize...accept it and move on. It'll put the 'white hat' on BOTH of you. As for Tamera...she's a bit of a lost soul. When she can control her gossipy tongue I'd be friendly...otherwise, walk away. Aexis is lonely and lost. She's trying to make a place for her stay-at-home-mom self. Yes, going about it all wrong, hubby isn't making it any easier for her. She started out quite believable, now has become a self entitled, fake, silly woman. Sad. BTW...CONGRATULATIONS on covering Vikki's back with your not so nice 'friend' (uhhhh, I don't think so) at the bowling party. Showed REAL maturity and class on your part! Now SHE'S someone to stay away from!!!!!!! Huge self indulgent, self important trouble maker there..... Good luck with the Pussycat Dolls! Hope it brightens your career!
I'll be interested to see if you ever get an apology from Vicky in person... I don't think the apology to the group qualifies as an official apology!! You deserve one face to face for all the hypocrisy...
Gretchen you are awesome. But I think you don't realize it. Stand up for yourself and dump the baggage. I don't mean Slade, I mean Sarah.
Gretchen, to the commenter/s who say you can't sing, I am a singer and I can tell you have natural talent. People who don't sing don't know that you have to warm up your voice to really show what you can do. I could tell when you were doing the vocal exercises that your vocal chords were in distress, but also that you have a better ear for pitch and a better voice than any of the other housewife singers. You're right, if Robin Anvil didn't believe in you she wouldn't put you in her show. She is a business woman and does not need silly press to sell tickets. Good luck with the show, I know you're going to come through.
Monica C. too bad you haven't read all of Gretchen's blogs. Read last weeks blog it will explain why Gretchen didn't get to visit Alexis the day of the surgery and it wasn't because she didn't want to.
Dear Gretchen, I think you are great! I was thinking.. Why was it ok for these women to all go through rough spots during divorces, sick kids, etc. But when Slade is down on his luck, and going through some emotions, his behavior is NOT acceptable! Men are allowed ups and downs too. And btw, he does so much for you, in support of your career, not one of those woman have that. They se it as mooching off of you, but to become as successful as you are trying to be, you need support. At least hes not sitting on the couch! I hope you decide to preform, bc you do have a good voice. Good luck with all that you do. You are a smart girl. i hope you and Slade prove all these haters wrong!!
Wow I have to agree with one the people that made a comment about Slade last night I was thinking wow he looks really hot.... There for awhile I have to admit I was thinking he looked a little &*(^%$% but girl he all that and then some now. Such a cute couple...
Your parents are exactly right about their wisdom. Good to see Slade being so helpful & supportive in these last two episodes. Hope to continue & see your being the sweet, graceful person that your parents raised you to be. Everything in our life does happen for a reason and only make sense as much time goes by. I do believe that you receive back what you give.
Gretchen, I have never commented on your home before but I love it. It is not over the top...just so cute and cozy. Love your decor and colors in your house. Did you have an interior decorator or design it yourself? Love it!!! Now to get to the episode...I am glad to see all your work endeavors, looks like you are working very hard. Good for you! Happy to see you and Slade so happy and supportive of each other. It really comes across this season. Glad you are doing lots of soul searching and forgiving. It will make your life so much more enriched. Hope Slade's son is hanging in there...prayers for him. Take Care!!!!!
P.S. .....Monica C. just to let you know, Gretchen was told Alexis wasn't ready for vistitors at the hospital that is why she waited until she got home. If you were a true housewife fan you would have read that in her blog last week.
Gretchen. I love you and the way you handle yourself. Alexis needs to be off the show. SHe is boring, CLASSLESS and a number of other things to long to list. I have NEVER met or seen someone who is so full of themself but does not have a clue as to what is going on around her.
Tamra your a lil into yourself this season, I used to like you alot & felt bad Tamra and Vicki used to be mean to you! Now you have sided with Tamra and Left Alexis to the curb. Makes you wonder where your LOYATIES are!!!! Bad Friend and Conceited.
Love you Gretchen, you really are amazing. But you had to admit,you can see why people aren't as easy to like Slade. He really does need to get his own life. The fact that he has time to follow you around is really sad. Please talk to him, tell him to go get a job, tell him to start being a man. I really hope you don't marry him -- he does seem nice, he does have alot of great qualities, but you need someone who can take care of you, not you take care of them.
Katie in Ct I totally agree with you. She has never come right out and said where she stands but it is obvious in her blog that she has gone over to 'the dark side.' It's awful funny how she's been able to attend every event EXCEPT Alexis' (who was very understanding about it). I gotta ask Gretchen...do you really think Robin asked you for your VOICE? Really? Really? She asked b/c you are a beautiful girl and you can pull a big audience.
How do you NOT see that EVERY interview Tamra has is focused on taking jabs at Alexis? Why do you make excuses for Heather judging someone she hasn't taken the time to get to know?
Monica C, Go back and read gretchan's blog from last week. She explained that she asked Alexis if she wanted her to come visit the day of her surgery, but Alexis said she probably wouldn't be up for it. She said the next day when she called Jim said alexis wasn't up for it. On Wednesday Gretchan had work committments, and so she went on thursday to see her when Jim allowed her to come over. Alexis seems to be a very high maintenance friend and if things aren't done the way she wants them done then she doesn't consider that person to be a true friend. The world doesn't revolve around Alexis even though she believes it should. Just thought I would let you know that Gretchan did explain this in her blog last week since you were chewing into her about not being a good friend to the al mighty Alexis.
Gretchen, you're my favorite. Stay the way you are and don't turn mean and evil like the rest, especially Viki.
You are adorable, my only comment to your post is I don't think Vicki had a revelation about Jeff, I think she is just standing by her man and realizes how she treated Slade. There are so many more apologizes coming from that one there is not enough room to list them all. Just keep doing what you are doing. You are delightful to watch.
Gretchen you are awesome and I really enjoy watching you on the Real Housewifes of OC. You are unique, keep up the good work! :)
Why is Alexis bashing you for being friends with Tamra in her blog? Drop the dumbo...she can only be friends with one person at a time and you just did not live up to her standards and expectations. She is so much better than all of you and claims to be above the drama, she just does ot need you anymore. Let her be friends with Vicki...we all know how that will turn out. Hopefully she will leave quietly.
Gretchen, Love love love you, you are my favorite but if you can blame Vicki and a shouting match you had with her a week or two ago, then that means you are officially in the 'can't sing category'. Whitney used to you yell at Bobby all the time and she had platinum albums and grammys. I do hope you still had fun doing the performance.
Very disappointed in you. If Alexis was the one who decided to make amends with Tamra, you'd be beyond butt hurt about it.
Not only you can't seem to understand that but your blogs for the past two episodes have been full of Alexis hate. Not cool. Whether she fought your battles or not doesn't mean she wasn't a friend to you. She was there for you through and through, and now you're throwing her to the wolves. Not cool, we can all see Tamra's influence in your line of thought and it's sickening to say the least.
Lastly, you're NOT perfect not guilt free. You have made many mistakes in the past and have told many shady stories, so don't go acting all innocent only because some people are taking a higher road this season. Do NOT act like you're so mighty, it does not become you.
You've treated Slade like crap in the past for gaining some weight, no mercy whatsoever. You've embarrassed yourself many times in public and your friends who were there for you are now mere tools to strengthen your friendship with fake Tamra. Watch out, wake up and cut the drama. You're way over your head this season, I kind of miss humble Gretchen who gets that it's ok to mess up once in a while as opposed to constantly point fingers at others.
Other than that, best of luck with everything. Hope you come back to your senses, and do not allow poisoning tongues and hateful behavior influence your thoughts.
So now you go as far as agreeing with Heather on her shots at Alexis... WOW! Harmful and hateful behavior is now called "giving it to her straight".
Shame on you! Never thought you'd allow Tamra to influence your thoughts that quickly. Maybe when Heather starts to "give it to you straight" by calling you names you'll bow out and hide in the corner in full agreement with her.
Horrible move. Alexis does not deserve you turning on her like that. I'm embarrassed for you.
I disagree with you about Heather. Heather asks probing questions to alexis NOT STRAIGHT CALL IT LIKE IT IS QUESTIONS. Alexis was being honest saying they are renting maybe because they have not found what they like in houses yet. Or they are working on their credit scores, and finances who knows but Heather just keeps asking a million questions to Alexis like isn't that a lot of cars for 2 people to have. You call it direct I call it RUDE. Heather's motives are always so sneeky. Plus did you see her talk down to Vicki about the firepit. Yes she got the directions but the way she said it made me so embarrased for her. I have two college degrees and many rich friends but they do not act like her. People with real money do not carry on the way she does. Most people these days are educated come on Heather!!
Gretchen you are a grown woman and you can be friends with Tamra if that is your choice. I would respect you more if you continued to be a great friend to Alexis. I have friends who dont like each other and its understood that they are not allowed to put the other down in my presence. Im gld you understand Heather but how are you ok with her calling your friend Alexis stupid and fake. Are you really that desparate for acceptance that you would allow someone you justmet to put down and degrade your friend. I always like you in the past but now I dont like who you are becoming.
I have never been a huge Slade fan, but I have to say that this season he is coming around and I'm seeing such a different side of him. I'm glad that he is able to participate more with the girls and the group now. You can tell that he really loves you!! I really think he is a great guy for you!!
I think you're adorable and reasonable. However, the more you defend Slade, the less I can appreciate him. Other than living with you and managing your every move and schlepping your stuff, what is his job/career? Oh, yeah - he's a self ascribed "comic". And how's that working out for him? Face it. He treats you like his prized pig to gain entry into any entertainment industry thing. Without you, he'd have zero cache to maneuver himself on to the HW show.
Gretchen, I think your stressed about being placed in a position in which you are not comfortable, and that's completely understandable. You're trying to do in a very short time something that will take months, and it's having an affect on your overall health. It isn't worth it, just step back and do what you can, stop trying to conquer the world!